The PDP candidate scored 12,530 to beat APC’s candidate, Ishamali who polled 4,349 votes.
Having won the majority of the votes cast, Mrs Ukpukpen was subsequently declared winner by the INEC Returning Officer, Dr. Tony Eyang.
Mrs. Ukpukpen is the widow of the late Hon. Steven Ukpukpen, whose demise led to the declaration of the seat vacant. Reacting to the victory, Governor Ayade said: “The election was more of a referendum on my acceptability and my stewardship to my people. There couldn’t be any more resounding affirmation than this from my people.
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